What Is Black Goji Berry ?
Black goji berry also called “黑枸杞” (hei go qi) or Black Wolfberry in China, which also called Lycium ruthenicum of Latin. In west, people call it is “Russian box thorn”. It grows in high Tibetan plateau of western China. In China market, the best source of black goji berry is from Qinghai Province.
Kindly remind, all black goji berry are from wild,no any artificial planting. Origin is most important to keep the high quality.
What Are Benefits Of Black Goji Berry ?
As same as berry fruit, black goji also has similar function listed as below,
- Boost your immune system
- Antioxidants and Anti-Inflammatory
- Fight Cancer
- Stabilize blood sugar
- Dry eyes
- Help weight loss
- Better Athletic performance
- Promote Skin health level
- Good source of vitamin C
Beside these benefits, black goji berry has higher antioxidant ability than red goji. That’s because black goji berry has higher level of phytochemicals even red goji also are rich.Anthocyanins have an antioxidant role in plants against reactive oxygen species caused by abiotic stresses, such as overexposure to ultraviolet light and extreme temperatures.
Anthocyanins are also considered secondary metabolites as a food additive with E number E163 (INS number 163); they are approved for use as a food additive in the EU,Australia and New Zealand.
The highest recorded amount of anthocyanins appears to be specifically in the black Wolfberry containing around 2 g per 100 g.
Study show that the levels of bioactive compound and antioxidant actitivy of both black and red goji berry increased according to the soaking temperature and time.
Infused at 100° water for the same time, the levels of total polysaccharides (150 mg/100 ml), total polyphenols (238 mg/ml), and antioxidant capacity (550 μmol/100 ml) of black goji berry tea were 3.5, 2, and 5 times higher, respectively, in comparison with red goji berry tea. Therefore,Black goji berry tea has higher phytochemicals and antioxidant property than those of red goji berry.That’s why black goji berry also be called “King of Anthocyanin”.
Is There Any Side Effect of Black Goji Berry?
People believe that there are side effects when talk about some benefits of a fruit. But for Black and red goji berry,the side effects are only stomach ache or allerigc reaction if you eat too much.
As dried fruit, black goji berries contain sugar. Even the sugar content level is not as high as red goji, but anytime when you eat,need to control quantity to make sure your blodd sugar be balanced.
Are goji berries bad for you if you’re allergic to other berries? Actually you dow not worry about it unless if you have some clear symptoms like tingling, skin rash,itchiness or other similar allergies. Remember,consult to your doctor in advance before you eat any goji berry.
Generally, black goji berry has been proved to be safe for most people when consumed for up to 3 months.
How to Brew Black Goji Berry Tea ?
Dried black goji berry could be used directly, and do not need to be rehydrated prior to use. The berries are also boiled as an herbal tea,that’s the best way to ingest. Here below is step by step to guide how to make it.
Step 1. Scoop 5~8g black goji berry and put into cup.
Step 2. Pure hot water (purified water is prefer) about with 150ml (~ 3oz) with temperature 70~80 ℃.
Step 3. Steep about 3~5 minutes then serve.
Step 4. After drinking, eat black goji berry.
- Black goji berry has more powerful performance of anti-oxidant than red goji berry.
- Black goji berry has more content of phytochemicals and people like to call it is “King of Anthocyanin”.
- Always brew black goji berry as 1:20 ~30 ratio of water, and eat it after drink the tea.